Happy Memorial Day, Everyone! Let’s not forget the real reason why we have this glorious three day weekend. We are the land of the free because of the BRAVE. Thank you to all of veterans and current armed forces who have fought and continue to fight for our every day freedoms!
Ryan and I are headed off to Austin, Texas tomorrow and I’m pretty excited about it. I’ve been to other parts of the great Lone Star State before but never Austin. I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about the city so I’m looking forward to it. I’m also looking forward to going to Waco to live out all my “Fixer Upper” dreams. Where are all my Chip and Jo fans at?
I love knowing what other people pack when they visit a new place so I thought it would be fun to share what I’m packing with y’all. I swear I’m probably going to drive Ryan batty with the amount of times I’m going to say “y’all” this week while we’re in Texas. It will probably start with this post, sorry, I’m not sorry, babe!
Obviously I’m going to need to refresh my Chip and Jo knowledge by re-reading their book on the airplane along with catching up on the latest copy of Magnolia Journal. I must be honest, my cowboy boots are in the pictures but they aren’t coming with me. It’s way too hot for me to have my feet shoved in a sweaty leather boot. Thanks, but no thanks. I’ll stick to my cute new Steve Madden Sandals that I talked about in this post here. I love myself a good tote bag and this “Hey, Y’all” one seemed perfect for Texas.
Embarrassing side note….I totally just realized from this tote that I’ve been spelling “y’all” wrong every time I’ve typed it out. E M B A R R A S S I N G ! !
This little straw clutch with pom poms is so fun and seems like it will fit in well with Austins electric vibe. I pretty much wear some form of Kendra Scott jewelry everyday BUT, I definitely had to make sure I broke out the turquoise KS for Austin. After all, that is where Kendra got her big break, a trip to the OG store is a must.
I recently just got some super cute off the shoulder tops from Old Navy and ripped up denim shorts that I’ve been dying to wear. Heat and humidity sound like the perfect time to break them out.
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If y’all have been to Austin I’d love to hear your recommendations on where to go, what to see, drink, and eat. Send em’ my way!
I have a feeling this is going to be the BEST week ever because I’m headed to the happiest place on earth! Mickey Mouse, I’m coming for you!! It’s a girls trip that is going to be filled with all things Disney (obviously) and then a good ol’ sea breeze with stops to Santa Barbara and Pismo Beach. Girls trips to Disneyland are SO much fun, I definitely recommend them!
I have to admit I am the WORST packer ever! I over pack….every S I N G L E trip, no matter where I’m going. During a normal week, I will literally wear the same outfit multiple times depending on who I’m seeing (never if I’m seeing the same people, duh!). But when I take a trip I almost always end up packing three outfits per day. Does anyone else do that? Tell me I’m not the only one!
Don’t worry, I’ll spare you all the details about my ridiculous amounts of outfits that I’m packing. I will, however, share a few tried and true items that I do always pack with me when I visit the Disneyland Parks.
No trip to Disneyland is ever complete without a set of ears! My ears are a few years old and part of the Disneyland 60th anniversary collection.
Now, if you’re like me and you have terribly high arches, then you know that comfortable shoes are an absolute must in Disneyland. I’ve made the mistake and worn cute little sandals that matched with perfection alongside my cute outfit, but did absolutely nothing for my feet. Actually, they did “some”-thing, that “thing” being that my feet were sore for a week afterwards! BAD idea, BAD! Now that I’m
older and wiser I go for a pair of cute YET also comfortable sneakers.
Crossbody bags are just the best, aren’t they? It’s like being hands free all the time. I usually prefer a crossbody as opposed to a backpack because I find it much more functional. And, HELLO, obviously for style purposes! I don’t have to stop and take it off to get something out and don’t need to worry about where to stash it on rides. If you have the right size crossbody you can usually leave it on during the rides too, double plus! The particular color of my Coach bag in the picture is no longer available but I have a feeling come summertime they might have something similar.
Between taking pictures, using the Disney apps, or scrolling through social media while waiting in line for rides, you’ll definitely want to make sure you have something to charge your phone with when your battery runs low.
This one is an obvious must, right?! HOWEVER, I have forgotten to put sunscreen on before while in Disneyland and will NEVER make that mistake again. It was one of the worst sunburns I’ve ever had. Spray sunscreen is my go-to because I find it easier to apply compared to regular sunscreen. However, I do not use this one on my face, if you need a good facial sunscreen I highly recommend —->> this.
I love me some layers and Disneyland is the perfect place to load em’ up. I’m always chilly in the mornings but definitely warm up come the afternoons and then chilly again come evening. I like to carry a thin jacket or a button up long sleeve that does the trick of keeping me warm but can also be stuffed in my bag.
Does anyone else think the price for a water bottle in Disneyland is INSANE?! I think it is, so I bring my own to refill. That has to be at least a $50 dollar savings with how much water I drink. Hydration has never been a problem for me.
Snacks are always a must for me. **Read:”I get hangry without food”**
Especially being gluten free, you always have to be prepared with snacks that you know you can eat.
Just trying to prevent wrinkles from squinting over here, so the bigger the better!
Because who wants greasy skin in all those pictures you’re going to be taking? I don’t and neither should you!
Kids + crowds of people + so many surfaces to touch = germ central. I’m kind of crazy when it comes to washing my hands but sometimes you just can’t so hand sanitizer is a must when in a pinch.
Germs. Late nights. Early mornings. All of these are breeding grounds for catching a cold. I like to take Vitamin C a few days before any trip to Disneyland and while I’m there. It gives my immune system a little extra boost.
There you have it, my must-haves for any trip to Disneyland!
I hope you all have a wonderful week!
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Happy Friday, Friends! How was your week?! Mine was a little bit crazy yet also a little calm with a more than healthy dose of wanderlusting for a new adventure.
I’m heading to Disneyland next week with some friends and I’m SO excited! Even though I’m excited to go to the, “Happiest Place on Earth” I still find myself longing to go somewhere new that I haven’t been before.
I’m chalking it up to the crappy weather that we just can’t seem to shake up here in the Bay Area.
** Your girl cannot deal with anymore rain at this point in the year!**
Dear Mother Nature, we’re good with water, so, please send ample amounts of sunshine!
While I would love to escape this crummy weather and take a tropical vacation to somewhere like Bora Bora, we are saving our pennies to travel to France next year (a trip to Paris happens to be what I would consider my “dream trip”). I have all the “heart eye” emojis for everything that is Parsian and can’t wait to finally visit this swoon worthy city. We may not be traveling out of the country this year but there are still plenty of places in the U.S. to see that we haven’t yet.
After picking a few cities that we haven’t been to, we decided to book a trip to Austin, Texas at the end of May. I’m no stranger to Texas (Ryan went to college there) but I’ve never been to Austin and hear nothing but great things! So, it looks like this girl is going to have to gather up her dusty cowboy boots and get them ready for Austin!
Any-who, if you happen to be in a part of the world that is currently experiencing crummy weather, then these pictures are for you (and of course, my little wanderlusting heart). All of these pictures are places that are currently on my bucket list of places I’m dreaming of visiting one day.
Cheers to the weekend and daydreaming of dreamy places!
2017 started off with a quick trip to Las Vegas that was filled with cocktails (lots!), gluten free food, and champagne vending machines (say what?!). It was a great way to kick off the new year and put all those new years goals off for a few more days! You can catch up on all my goals for this year in this post here.
Like I always do before traveling I spend a good hour or two researching my food options in my upcoming destination. I always keep my expectations low so that when I find a good option or two it feels like winning $100 on video poker (which is really exciting). They say,
“what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” but not this time! For all you gluten free eaters out there I just had to share some of the wonderful places that we ate and loved in Las Vegas. These places are also great for all you gluten eaters as well.
All their sauces are made fresh each day and do not contain any gluten ingredients. That’s right, you can have pretty much any pasta that you want here! I went with the chicken alfredo because I haven’t had it in years. Let’s just say it’s the best pasta I’ve had in a long time. The alfredo sauce was sooooooo unbelievably good and you’d never know that the penne was gluten free. When I alerted the waiter of my allergy he went and got the chef who came to the table to review the menu with me. He was completely willing to alter any of the other menu selections so that I could enjoy them. This place was seriously a dream to eat at and not have to worry about getting sick.
If you’re going to Carnegie’s then chances are you’re going for one of the oversized meat sandwiches. Luckily for gluten free eaters, they do offer a gluten free bread. Now, this bread leaves a little something to be desired but it’s okay because the pastrami is good enough to carry the whole sandwich. I’m telling you, their pastrami is perfection!
I was super apprehensive about eating at a buffet…..reason one–cross contamination. reason two–no gluten free options. The Buffet at TI completely proved me wrong. When I asked about the gluten free options the chef actually came out and walked me around the buffet to explain the options that I had. He also gave me a highlighted menu with the available options. The food options were so vast that I did not leave feeling hungry like I was so sure would happen. I even had my own mini personal pizza. Possibly my favorite thing about this buffet was the all you can drink wine/beer for $12.50…I certainly got my $12.50 worth of wine!
A classic french bistro with gluten free options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Gluten free waffles for the win, I can never turn down a gluten free waffle!
This place makes you feel like a “cool kid” with all the unique cocktails and menu items in such a swanky space. Caviar tacos anyone?! They are totally gluten free, btw. Their gluten free menu boasts around 15 different options with countless cocktail options.
There are probably at least 4-6 Starbucks in every hotel, but do yourself a favor and skip the good ol’ bucks this time! Go try Sambalatte, their pumpkin latte actually tasted like a real pumpkin latte and not completely artificial. My favorite part, they can make the latte rainbow colors and it’s the prettiest latte you ever did see.
Obviously cocktails in Vegas are a dime a dozen, that’s what makes it so fun! I definitely had my fair share of blended drinks in the long tube glasses to walk around the strip with. Hands down my favorite find was the Moet Chandon vending machine in the Mandarin Oriental. Walking around the streets with a mini champagne bottle was just way too fun!
Even if you can only go to one of these places on your trip to Las Vegas you are sure to leave a happy camper!
While not in Charleston, this retro inspired restaurant/ bar is only a few miles across the Ravanel Bridge. We stopped here on our way back from Sullivan’s Island and were pleasantly surprised. You can’t beat the happy hour with the $5 mojitos and palomas. Both of the happy hour drinks are so tasty and fresh that you could easily drink $20 worth faster than you can say Charleston. The Cuban inspired tacos were sooooo good that I ate 3….just make sure to tell them you are gluten free so they leave off the items that contain gluten.
If you’re looking for a cool and relaxing cocktail bar, then this is your place. You aren’t going to find your classic cocktail here because all the drinks are handcrafted and unique to The Gin Joint. My personal favorite was the Bartender’s Choice–you pick two adjectives from the given list and the bartender creates a surprise cocktail from those words. My words were “sweet” and “refreshing” and it was definitely my favorite cocktail I ordered, but you really can’t go wrong with the other selections.
The rooftop bar has a spectacular view of Charleston…I would have loved to stay up here longer but it was just too hot during the day. In fact it was so hot that I didn’t even take my own picture, gasp! I borrowed this one from good ol’ Google. My drink of choice was a crisp refreshing glass of rosé.
Trying the local coffee shops on any trip is a must for me since I’m always on the hunt for the perfect vanilla latte. The Daily by Butcher and Bee had great reviews for both breakfast and coffee. I was personally really excited to try their almond milk since they make it in house. The grab and go section was cool and unique with a lot of different items that are made locally like the fresh juices and honey. To be honest, this place was super hipster so if that’s your kind of vibe then you should totally go here!
Black Tap Coffee not only has a super cute exterior (I mean, what building doesn’t in Charleston?) The inside was just as cute with it’s country modern interior. There’s a little bit of a hipster vibe here but it’s also so warm and welcoming thanks to the super friendly staff. The brown sugar latte mixed with a little bit of vanilla was my personal favorite drink!